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LEAF & STEM

LEAF (Leadership Environmental Advocacy Focus) courses provide students with a coherent understanding of the interconnectedness of economic, social, and environmental issues and directly address these issues through the lenses of social justice and sustainability.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) elective offerings allow students to take a deeper dive into science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM (U.S. Department of Education).

LEAF (LEADERSHIP ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY FOCUS)

At San Domenico, we include in our Mission the goal to “recognize what it means to be human in a global community and respond with integrity to the needs and challenges of our time.” Many of our courses directly address these issues through the lenses of social justice and sustainability, an organizing principle in which living conditions and the use of resources continue to meet human needs without undermining the integrity and stability of the natural systems for future generations. We bundle these courses into what we call LEAF (Leadership, Environment, Advocacy, Focus). As you peruse the course catalog, you will notice the leaf badge next to offerings that represent LEAF-related programming. These classes also engage students in addressing the Four Pillars of the United Nation’s Earth Charter:

  1. Respect and Care for the Community of Life
  2. Social and Economic Justice
  3. Ecological Integrity, or Democracy and
  4. Nonviolence and Peace.

LEAF designated courses are anchored by a sense of purpose in striving for the common good of people and planet. These courses provide students with a coherent understanding of the interconnectedness of economic, social, and environmental issues. These classes inspire critical thinking and challenge students to consider: What can we do individually, collectively and globally to begin to solve the planet’s most pressing problems? Together, LEAF courses inspire and empower students to be agents for positive change both locally and globally.

Courses/Programs

  • Global Studies
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Ecology
  • Social Justice
  • Botany of Desire
  • ROSE Project
  • Ethics
  • Ethics and Theater
  • International Relations
  • Wisdom of Chaos

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does the leaf symbol in the course catalogue indicate?

The green leaf symbol stands for LEAF (Leadership Environmental Advocacy Focus). Part of San Domenico’s mission is to support the principles of sustainability and infuse them into our learning experience whenever possible. The purpose of LEAF is to bring those underlying principles to the fore and make our community more aware of them. Ultimately, we’d like to support and encourage students who are interested in pursuing a deeper dive into sustainability so that they can further gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to become agents of positive change.

What do we mean when we say LEAF relates specifically to our mission and the principles of sustainability?

At San Domenico, we include in our Mission Statement the goal to “recognize what it means to be human in a global community and respond with integrity to the needs and challenges of our time.” Many of our courses and co-curricular offerings directly address these issues through the lenses of social justice and sustainability, an organizing principle in which living conditions and the use of resources continue to meet human needs without undermining the integrity and stability of the natural systems for future generations.

Why do we have the LEAF designation?

  1. To bring a core SD principle to the forefront for our student body
  2. To provide a pathway for students to discover their “purpose”
  3. To make those outside of SD aware of this area of opportunity and focus for students
  4. To strengthen and diversify the Upper School curriculum

What classes or activities are currently part of LEAF?

LEAF designated courses are anchored by a sense of purpose in striving for the common good of people and planet. They provide students with a coherent understanding of the interconnectedness of economic, social, and environmental issues. These classes inspire critical thinking and ask students: what can we do individually, collectively and globally to begin to solve the planet’s most pressing problems. Thus, LEAF classes include science classes, such as AP Environmental Studies, as well as humanities classes, such as Ethics and Social Justice. LEAF identified co-curricular activities include: Garden, Model UN, Green Team, and the Social Justice Club.

Are there co-curricular activities can students participate in to complement their LEAF coursework?

Yes! We have a wide variety of co-curricular offerings that offer students a hands-on experience:

  • Green Team
  • Garden Class
  • Social Justice Club
  • Model United Nations
  • Junior State of America

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

In a world that is becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it is more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM (United States Department of Education).

At San Domenico, we believe in providing both excellence in education and fostering a sense of purpose.A STEM foundation at SD means students will develop strong communication and critical thinking skills as well as in the core STEM disciplines. With this, we graduate innovators who can work with confidence towards building a sustainable future for us all.

Courses with STEM Designation in Catalog

Science:

  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics C (Mechanics)
  • AP Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism)
  • AP Biology
  • APES

Technology:

  • AP Computer Science Principles

Engineering:

  • Applications of Physics in Engineering

Math:

  • AP Calculus AB and BC
  • Multivariable Calculus

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the STEM symbol in the course catalogue indicate?

Although all math and science courses are considered part of STEM, the designation is for a deeper dive into these areas beyond the core courses that all students at SD take as part of their foundation in science and math.

Should I take a course in each area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)?

In order to have a well rounded exposure to the interconnected nature of STEM thinking it is important to take a range of courses in science, technology, engineering and math.

Why do we have the STEM designation?

  1. To bring a core SD principle to the forefront for our student body
  2. To provide a pathway for students to discover their “purpose” (education with a purpose)
  3. To make those outside of SD aware of this area of opportunity and focus for students
  4. To strengthen and diversify the Upper School curriculum

What classes or activities are currently part of STEM?

All science, technology, and math classes are part of STEM. In addition to academic courses, students can augment their exploration of STEM through co-curricular activities, such as coding and robotics.

Can other courses and activities be considered part of STEM in the future?

Student and faculty interest and availability often leads to new courses.If a new course meets our criteria it certainly can be part of STEM.